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ISSUE 28: THE THREE Rs

It’s the ultimate antidote to winter. Sun, Samba, and a trio of Brazilians who made the game look effortlessly easy and did things that will live with us all forever.

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WHAT'S INSIDE

The Three Rs only played together 16 times, but when they did, they formed THE most joyous attacking trident in football history, and we’ve gone down a rabbit hole to find all the forgotten stories of the joy of the Three Rs including a night they absolutely leathered one of the great Argentina teams.

We’ve also have asked some of our best writers to tell us about the attacks that bought them the most joy. Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find…

- Benching with ballers - a forensic study of the gym personas of the great and good of football

- Black Eagles Fly - a brilliant long read about Besiktas, fan culture, and family

- Searching for Jay Jay - so nice they named him twice, a deep dive into the ultimate cult hero told by the fans who knew him best

- Seoul Patrol - a first hand guide to South Korean football culture (and food, lots of food)


ROMANCE! RED CARDS! REDEMPTION!

An ode to joy, the magazine's cover feature is a love letter to the attacks that made us smile, laugh, and cry out of sheer happiness. Inside, you’ll find a 5,500-word celebration of the Three Rs—Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho. A trio with a telepathic relationship who only played together sixteen times, but wreaked absolute havoc on defences, thumped a Marcelo Bielsa side filled with a Rolodex of 90s greats, and went on to claim the ultimate prize. It’s a story of sun, samba, redemption arcs, and promise delivered upon.There is also a brilliant long read about Besiktas, fan culture, and family.

FRONT SECTION

Fun, food, and nostalgia.

The ultimate fanzine packed full of lists, volleys, the trailblazing Tony Yeboah, legendary quests, the wild world of football club crests, food, mad mascots, dogs, good and bad kits and more. Think of it as a warm up for the middle section, but one you’ll want to read again…

MIDDLE SECTION

The best football writing on the planet.

This is where the long ones live. We’ve got a fantasy list on footballers in the gym, a romance-heavy tribute to the Three Rs, a weekend of flags and lager in Motherwell with the ultras, the real AFCON in Paris and a love letter to Besiktas and the power of home. Throw in Romario, Stoichkov, Steve Bull and Statman Dave and its the greatest features section in magazine history. Again. 

BACK SECTION

Travel, culture, and lifestyle.

The back is full of things you want to buy, a guide to Seoul by the groundbreaking Nutty FC that will have you salivating for Bulgogi, and a frankly insane photo shoot of scarecrows terrorising French fields dressed as some of your favourite players. Hang it in the Louvre.

MUNDIAL'S PAST ISSUES

ISSUE 27: CULT HEREOS SPECIAL

It’s a cult heroes special! Featuring horse-riding strikers, Bulgarian wolfmen, a Brazilian bruiser, an actual Ogre and even a warlock. It’s time to meet the MUNDIAL All-Stars, a nostalgia powered trip into your childhood dreams (and nightmares).

Plus! Boots, kits, commentators, stadiums, managers, tracksuits and more!

ISSUE 26: 75 COOLEST GOALKEEPERS

Featuring the 75 coolest of all-time including Lev Yashin, Fabien Barthez, Big Nev, Alisson Becker, Meadow Soprano, a cartoon rat, and more.

Plus! One man’s nightmare in nets, a penalty-saving everyman, and a volley you will be gutted that you have forgotten about.

Double Plus! India’s next superstar, Soviet Sunday League, Barcelona Femení, defunct teams, a trip to Poland, a terrifying giant, Leyton Orient, and the greatest article on Gheorghe Hagi you will ever read.

ISSUE 25: THE FOOTBALL REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED

For Issue 25, we travelled the country to tell the incredible story of midweek footballers just like yourself. Expect stories of people who play ten times a week, people who only started to play last year, and 68-year-olds hosting games for people all over the world.

There’s a 10-page celebration of Luca Vialli, north African adventures with the planet’s Mount Olympus of ultras, the bizarre world of football superstitions, an English World Cup-winning captain you’ve never heard of, and some massive bulbs of fennel on Italy’s ankle.

Black Sabbath, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and assisting Pelé! Sunday League scraps! Les Ferdinand at Beşiktaş! Big volleys from Alex Rae! The trainers we'd like to see as boots! And loads more!

ISSUE 24: THE MARADONA ISSUE

Issue 24 features the origin stories of some of the game’s most iconic players of the last 50 years. With each cover illustrated by Osvaldo Casanova, we’ve travelled the world to bring you our ‘Portraits of the Artist as a Young Man’ series… featuring longform pieces written to encapsulate the early chapters of Diego Maradona, R9, Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and Wayne Rooney.

Plus! There’s an amazing photo story from Boca Juniors via Bombonera’s Pancho Monti, an exploration of the game’s craziest teams through the Pakistani idea of ‘Tamasha’, a love letter to the rocky road of redemption for Notts County, and a piece on what it’s like to play over 100 years of Football Manager.

Double plus! The greatest Italia 90 collection of all time! Ghouls and geysers in Iceland! Sefton Park Rangers! Fernando Hierro! A dog called Kane! Some banging pork in Bogota! Crusty the Pie! And loads more!

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FOOTBALL BROADCAST LEGEND

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BROADCASTER, STAND-UP COMEDIAN, SOCIALLY DISTANT HERO

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BROADCASTER

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